E.P SNIDER is the pen name that I used to publish “WHY ME- a memoir”. I used a pen name so as not to embarrass my spouse, my offspring, their offspring, my grand dogs and my friends.
A dream came true when I had my first book published at the age of sixty-nine. “WHY ME? ” is a collection of memoirs recounted from various stages of my life and the lives of those that I love… or like at least some of the time. Most of the incidences are humorous-some are not.
I am a senior but I feel more like a junior except for the aches and pains. When I look in the mirror I often see my mother or some other aging lady with wrinkles and sun spots. The amount and depth of wrinkling depends on which mirror I am looking into, the degree of lighting and how well my skin absorbed the moisturizing cream that day.
Although I am mature in years, maturity is definitely not one of my virtues. If something strikes me as funny I get the giggles. Most of my family and many of our friends have a rather warped sense of humour, so I giggle a lot. Laughter plays an important role in our lives.
My friends were a significant inspiration for me to begin my writing career. For the past number of years hubby and I have been spending part of the winter season in Florida to escape the sometimes bitter cold climate in Toronto Canada. Every year I send emails to those left behind. To my delight they find my emails to be hysterical and a cure for their winter doldrums. They compare my style of writing to that of the late Erma Bombeck. For those of you not familiar with the author– she was a beloved American humorist in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
I have loved literature and creative writing from an early age. I spent some of my growing up years in Alberta and won a prize for a best poem commemorating Alberta’s bicentennial year. My grade seven teacher was a large and forceful woman, with white hair and course bristly white chin hairs to match. We were all intimidated by her and thus listened intently as she drilled us about parsing sentences and adverbs and adjectives. She provided me with a good basis of the English language.
When I discovered computers a new world opened up to me. I found myself engrossed in writing emails with lengthy updates about my life’s recent highlights. To my delight, people found me…funny!
I then became glued to my laptop, transferring my hand-written life adventure notes to an actual story of my life’s defining moments. Finally, at the age of 69, I was done… A book — “WHY ME? a memoir“– was written! AND now it’s published! What’s even better?! People are reading it…and enjoying it. I am thrilled!
In addition to “WHY ME?” I have had a short essay published in a book of assorted memoirs by Canadian woman. I currently write for our Toronto Condominium newspaper.
To top it off, it’s one of the greatest gifts — or the greatest gift — I could ever give my family. Talk about a dream come true.
I hope to do more writing, although I am not sure if my family can cope with any more of my meltdowns when blocks of written material mysteriously disappear off of my computor. I admit I am computor and electronically challenged… but I will persevere!